Magnum, P.I.

Season 4 Episode 13

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Aired Unknown Jan 26, 1984 on CBS
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Episode Summary

No More Mr. Nice Guy
Magnum is forced to forgo his much-anticipated trip to the Army–Navy game and a reunion with his 1967 championship teammates when Rick, T.C., and Higgins guilt him into remaining in Hawaii and helping Carol save her career by nabbing one of the largest drug distributors in the islands.moreless

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  • Thomas is forced to miss his much anticipated trip to the Army-Navy game and reunion, when he finds that Carol has lost her job as D.A. after she tried to nab one of the islands biggest drug suppliers. Some nice moments, but a weak plot...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    This episode (working title: 'What Are Friends For?') is the first of just several in the show's run based around Magnum's District Attorney friend Carol Baldwin (Kathleen Lloyd). And for that, I like it, and Lloyd has a great rapport with Tom Selleck. Sadly, the plot itself is one of the weakest and most unengaging of the season.

    The episode has a number of great lines and amusing moments, and that saves it from being totally bottom of the barrel. But the actual plot, of Carol duping Magnum into helping her nail one of the island's biggest drug barons, just comes across as very dull to me, and has little of the usual MPI flair or quirks.

    The scene with Carol supposedly drunk (we later find out that she was putting it on) is awkward, and I didn't feel that the usually reliable Lloyd really pulled it off that well.

    As the story progresses, we find that she has lied to Magnum and co. about being fired, and is trying to dupe them into helping her to further her career. She reminds Thomas that he himself often cons his friends into helping him, which is true. But although Magnum and Carol often conned each other in a good humoured way, I found that such a severe lie from Carol was out of character, and worked against the episode.

    Thankfully, the episode does have some good action to save it (Magnum and Carol leaping from the building into the garbage truck; and several good car chases), but on the whole, this one definitely ranks as one of my lesser favourites of the fourth season.

    The final scene, with Magnum desperately trying to catch his game on the television, only for Higgins to spoil the score for him, is very amusing, and does sum up how the episode, for all it's faults, does have some good humour.

    Although I have had every episode of the series for some years now (firstly from off air recordings, and in more recent times on DVD), and have seen each one through a number of times, I couldn't really recall this one until I came to watch it again to review. Given the unmemorable plot, maybe it's not surprising.moreless
Sal Viscuso

Sal Viscuso


Guest Star

James Emery

James Emery

John Fenady

Guest Star

Norman Compton

Norman Compton

Off. Kawana

Guest Star

Kathleen Lloyd

Kathleen Lloyd

Carol Baldwin

Recurring Role

Robert Silva

Robert Silva

Police Officer #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Thomas and T.C. are driving to the drug sting, the first, fleeting external shot of the Ferrari is taken from the first season episode "All Roads Lead To Floyd". T.C. is wearing a sweat-band on his head, as he was in the earlier episode, and the car they overtake is Floyd's from that episode.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Magnum: (narrating) In that Army–Navy game, where I went 21-30, one of the passes I missed was intercepted. The fastest man on the Army team caught it, and he got past everybody, until I was the only guy left who had a chance to catch him. The guy was faster than me, and I knew it, but I wasn't going to get beat by my own mistake.

    • Carol: With your instincts, no wonder you get shot at!

    • Higgins: Magnum, stop living in the past."
      Magnum: Me? Me? Higgins, you've enshrined yours. You quote every boring war story like it was carved in stone.
      Higgins: "Boring?"
      Rick : Don't worry, Higgins, I like your stories.
      T.C.: Yeah, me too.
      Higgins: I do think I tell them with a certain panache.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The script for this episode was originally titled "What Are Friends For?".

    • The German episode titles are "Hereingelegt" ("Deceived") and "Ausgetrickst" ("Tricked"). The French title is "Le bon samaritain", meaning "Good Samaritan". The Italian title is "Una giornata nera", meaning "A Black Day".